Diary: A Murdoch whose beliefs could help save the BBC

There is one candidate for Director General who would really ruffle Murdoch feathers

Fantasy Band: Colin Blunstone

'If you don't have good songs, you can just go home'

Re-releases show Kevin Coyne’s true value

A former asylum care-worker who medicated his own demons with drink, Kevin Coyne sang from life’s fault-line – and from the heart. Boasting one of rock’s best voices, this tiny, tubby man made bluesy, folky, comic, sad and marvellously odd music between 1969 and his premature death in 2004.  Derby-born Coyne’s fans include John Lydon and Will Oldham.

Antiviral? This gross-out fest should be sanitised

Hollywood is no place for pus, needles, bodily excretions and mouth sores

My Fantasy Band: Jake Bugg

'Elvis was a showman; he had all the moves'

Album: Jeff Lynne, Long Wave (Big Trilby)

In this, Jeff Lynne's musical memoir of youthful influences, old songs are recast in new lights: "She" features Beatle-esque harmonies, "Smile" has a lollopy cowboy charm, "Let It Rock" becomes a lazily galloping boogie, and "Beyond the Sea" replaces Bobby Darin's glide with a languid swagger that works well.

Encore! The indomitable half-Belgian singer Johnny Hallyday shows no signs of slowing down despite a near-death experience in California a year ago

Page 3 Profile: Johnny Hallyday, French rock star

We hear he's big in France...

Terence Blacker: Who needs happiness? Not the Boss

At first glance, the news is enough to bring on a bout of depression. Bruce Springsteen, so rugged and manly, so reassuringly uncomplicated, has joined the ever-swelling ranks of celebrity depressives. Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax, Monty Don, Ben Stiller – and now The Boss: a BBC4 documentary exploring his secret, vulnerable side can only be a matter of time.

M Ward at Koko, London

The gravelly Americana singer is best known for his She and Him collaboration with kooky girl du jour, Zooey Deschamel (star of New Girl), and assisting the likes of Neko Case, Norah Jones and Cat Power. However, M Ward’s delightful solo work has been, on the whole, criminally overlooked.

Album: Guillemots, Hello Land! (The State 51 Conspiracy)

Clearly unafraid of a challenge, with Hello Land! Guillemots offer the first of a quartet of season-themed albums to be released by the end of the year.

High-flyer: Richard Branson featured in Radio 4's 'Meeting Myself Coming Back'

The Week In Radio: How Richard Branson grew up and found his wings

When Richard Branson was five years old his mother stopped the car, ordered him to get out and told him to make his own way to his grandparents' house. This, it turns out, wasn't an act of cruelty but an effective lesson in learning how to stand on your own two feet.

Early sketch by Andy Warhol goes on display

A recently-discovered sketch by Andy Warhol is to go on public display for the first time.

Glaxo gets hostile in bid for HGS

Pharmaceutical giant in $2.6bn takeover move on long-time treatments partner

Album: Holly Golightly featuring the Brokeoffs, Long Distance (Damaged Goods)

Golightly, best known outside the cognoscenti for duetting with Jack White on "It's True That We Love One Another", is on her 13th album now (not counting her work with Thee Headcoatees, among others), and Long Distance is no radical departure.

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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